Guests:  Jeff Burkhart, Executive Director; Jennifer Peterson, Senior Director of Tutoring; Reina Dominguez, Adult Learner – Literacy Network

“I couldn’t ask questions. Writing checks was very hard. Now, I can help at my children’s school…My life has changed because of Literacy Network.” Those are the words of Reina Dominguez, just one of the growing number of adult learners at the Literacy Network and one of the guests on this program.  Joining Reina are Jeff Burkhart and Jennifer Peterson.

You will hear how the Literacy Network teaches reading, writing and speaking skills to Dane County adults and families so they can achieve financial independence, job advancement, good health, and greater involvement in the community.

Literacy Network is also inviting the public to a free event on Thursday, December 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Radisson Hotel Madison, 517 Canyon Drive, to hear personal stories of adult learners achieving success in literacy and to learn how a charitable gift can make an impact. RSVP 608-268-6542 or


Guest:  Mark Olsky, M.D.

“I was born on a train,” states Dr. Mark Olsky, a physician who has lived and worked in the Greater Madison area for decades.  Little did he know when he was first told that as a child, that he was one of the last survivors of the Holocaust.

Dr. Olsky’s mother, Rachel, was two months pregnant when she was sent to Auschwitz where naked, hairless and humiliated, she waited in line as the SS “Angel of Death” doctor, Josef Mengele, judged the new prisoners. Instinctively, Rachel did not admit her pregnancy.  As a result she lived and survived Auschwitz then Freiburg.  On April 20, 1945, on the final train ride to Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Mark was born.

The story of Rachel and two other mothers of newborns who were on the same train have been told in the book, Born Survivors, by Wendy Holden.  Dr. Mark Olsky shares the rest of this powerful, real life story on this program.


Guest:  Rob Denker, Ph.D., MBA, managing principal at rd & partners, Chicago

How do successful leaders behave in business and in life?  On tomorrow’s program, Dr. Rob Denker shares the key elements of performance chemistry and how they drive success and continuous improvement.  Dr. Denker has worked with business leaders in a wide variety of industries including numerous Fortune 500 companies.


Guest:  Jeremi Suri, former UW-Madison professor, now Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

Jeremi Suri is no longer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but he stays in touch with Wisconsin and wrote a front page editorial in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 11 of this years stating, America must have the courage to dream.

On this program, Jeremi Suri describes what he meant in his editorial – why he feels our efforts to protect ourselves have increased our suffering and left us less safe. Inequality has increased, and investments in critical public needs have decreased, states Suri.

Jeremi Suri also assesses our current global challenges – the despair in Aleppo, our relationship with Russia, NATO, ISIS, and more, and the leadership required to attain and maintain global stability.


Guest: Sherry Blakeley, Wisconsin mystery writer

An auctioneer, a mystery author and a dose of psychic activity all come together in this program as Sherry Blakeley, Wisconsin’s own mystery writer, shares her experiences as a professional auctioneer and how she wove this into her newly-released novel, The Case of the Angry Auctioneer.  Sherry Blakeley’s psychic twin sister in real life plays a similar role in her fictional novel providing additional hints of ghostly activities.

To add to the intrigue, you will learn the technique and rhythm of auctioneering, a skill Sherry Blakeley has mastered.

And remember…if you haven’t already – VOTE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 8!!
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